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    Etihad Airways' Sustainable Flight Reduces Carbon Emissions by 72%

    • Etihad’s EY20 Sustainable Flight flew from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi on Saturday 23 October leveraging the learnings and efficiencies developed over the last two years • Using a combination of sustainable aviation fuel and operational efficiencies the Sustainable Flight reduced CO2 emissions by 39,000kg and fuel burn by 1,800kg   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – 28, October:  Etihad Airways operated its most sustainable flight ever, leveraging the learnings and efficiencies developed over the last two years of its comprehensive sustainability programme to reduce carbon emissions (CO2) by 72% in absolute terms compared to the equivalent flight operated in 2019.     The London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi flight is part of the Etihad Greenliner Programme – a two-year ......read more

    MBRSC Picks SpaceX for MBZ-SAT Launch

    The MBZ-SAT will be launched on board a Falcon 9 rocket. The mission is scheduled to be launched no earlier than 2023.   UAE - 28, October 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that it has selected SpaceX as launch provider to deliver MBZ-SAT, the most advanced commercial satellite in the region in the field of high-resolution satellite imagery, into space. The second Emirati satellite to be fully developed and built by a team of Emirati engineers after the KhalifaSat will be launched on board SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. MBZ-SAT will be scheduled for launch toward the end of 2023 or at the beginning of 2024. Falcon 9 is a reusable, two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of people and payloads into Earth orbit and beyond. Yousuf ......read more

    UNOOSA and Airbus pick African Team to Fly “Free” Climate Monitoring Payload on the International Space Station

    27, October 2021 - The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Airbus Defence and Space have selected the winner of their joint opportunity for a free one year mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The climate mission supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals will fly on Bartolomeo, the Airbus external payload hosting platform. The winning ‘ClimCam’ team consists of specialists from different fields and symbolizes the power of international cooperation, bringing together researchers from three institutions: the Egyptian Space Agency, the Kenyan Space Agency, and the Uganda National Space Programme within the Ugandan Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Jointly, the team will develop a remote sensing camera system to monitor weather, floods, and impacts of ......read more

    MBRSC Signs MoU with Italy's TAS-I and ALTEC to Identify Opportunities for Space Collaboration

    UAE - 27, October 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Italy’s Thales Alenia Space Italia (TAS-I) and the Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company (ALTEC) to identify opportunities to study and develop solutions for space and planetary exploration systems. The MoU was signed by Salem AlMarri, Deputy Director General, MBRSC, Massimo Claudio, Managing Director, TAS-I and Vincenzo Giorgo, CEO, ALTEC on the sidelines of the International Astronautical Congress, the world’s premier space event, being held at the World Trade Centre in Dubai.  The preliminary areas of cooperation identified include interplanetary missions development, rover system design and integration, advanced terrestrial analogous systems, higher education activities ......read more

    Airbus, Air Liquide and ispace Europe launch EURO2MOON, a non-profit European platform to explore future uses of natural lunar resources

    The European Space Resources Innovation Centre (ESRIC) announces its intention to join this organization as the first non-founding member   Dubai - 27, October 2021 – In a contex of increased momentum around space exploration, Airbus Defence and Space, Air Liquide and ispace Europe have announced the joint creation of EURO2MOON.  This non-profit organisation will be dedicated to promoting a better use of lunar natural resources, while accelerating the cis-lunar economy and federating industrial efforts across Europe.  Bringing in complementary expertise from public and private partners, EURO2MOON will focus on topics related to the exploration of the lunar surface and the utilization of its resources in a commercial and sustainable way. Topics to be addressed will also include long duration ......read more

    Key Players from Italy's Aerospace, Defence and Security Industry Present at the International Astronautical Congress 2021

    Specialised skills, investment and collaboration have resulted to Italy becoming a long-standing trade partner to the UAE    Dubai, UAE -  26, October 2021: Italy’s aerospace, defence and security industry turnover reached Euro 17 billion in 2020, whilst employing 230,000 staff, firmly placing the country as the 4th largest producer in Europe and 7th largest in the world.  Advancements in technology and investment in R&D will be Italy’s key exhibiting factors at the 72nd International Astronautical Congress 2021 (IAC), taking place from 25 to 29 October at the Dubai World Trade Centre. This year’s exhibition theme is ‘Inspire, Innovate & Discover for the Benefit of Humankind’ and marks a momentous year for the UAE, as the country has been chosen as the first ......read more

    States Must Deliver on Commitments to Restore Global Connectivity

    24, October 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to use the commitments reached at the ICAO High Level Conference on COVID-19 (HLCC) to make real progress towards restoring global air connectivity.   States attending the ICAO HLCC declared their commitment to 14 measures which, if acted upon, would enable airlines to meet the demands of consumers worldwide for a revival of air travel. In particular, two commitments need the most urgent action by governments. These are:   • ‘We commit to taking effective measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 and other communicable diseases by international air travel, in particular through the implementation of the ICAO CART guidelines, and encourage the harmonization of Member States’ ......read more

    Global Aerospace Summit 2022 hosted by Mubadala to return to Abu Dhabi

     Mubadala to host the sixth edition of the Summit  Digital Driven Resurgence will form the central theme of the Summit   New for 2022; a dedicated start-up programme, focus on technology and digitalization in addition to the newly formed Task Force and Future Propulsion Working Group   23 October 2021 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Aviation, aerospace, space and defense leaders from across the planet will meet in-person in Abu Dhabi for the return of the Global Aerospace Summit on 24 -26 May 2022.      The theme of the Summit, ‘Digital Driven Resurgence’, will showcase the rapid transformation that has happened across these sectors over recent years and the role of innovation and technology moving forward.  An increasing number of aerospace and ......read more

    Ain Dubai Lights Up Dubai's Skyline With Stunning Opening Show Celebration

    The world’s largest and tallest observation wheel by Dubai Holding opened yesterday Thursday 21st October  Thousands joined the extravaganza at the Ain Dubai Plaza that bustled with fun-filled family activities, live DJ sets and a spectacular inaugural light, drone and fireworks show Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 23,  October 2021 – The ultimate celebration destination is officially open! After much anticipation, Ain Dubai, the world’s largest and tallest observation wheel by Dubai Holding, celebrated its first visitors yesterday. The inaugural rotation took place at 2pm for eager guests who had pre-booked to experience a 38-minute rotation in the state-of-the-art cabins. The first rotation also included the lucky winners of the Ain Dubai treasure hunt around Bluewaters competition held earlier this ......read more

    Airblue Receives its First A321neo

    14, October 2021:  Airblue Limited, the private Islamabad-based airline, has taken delivery of its first A321neo aircraft. It marks an important step in Pakistan’s aviation journey, making Airblue the first operator of an Airbus neo aircraft in the country. The airline currently operates an all Airbus fleet of nine A320 Family aircraft.  Airblue’s A321neo, on lease from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) is equipped with CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines. Currently Airblue operates domestic flights to Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Multan and to international destinations in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The A321neo will enable the airline to further expand its network. The highly-fuel-efficient A321neo will help reduce Airblue’s operating costs and will offer exceptional ......read more

    Expo 2020 Opens a New Era for Dubai's Tourism Industry

     Dubai Tourism, stakeholders and partners participate in symbolic opening of Expo 2020 Portal Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 13 October 2021:  In a reflection of the huge boost that Expo 2020 Dubai has given to global tourism recovery, key stakeholders and partners opened the doors to a new era for Dubai’s tourism industry at a ceremony marking the symbolic opening of the Expo 2020 entry Portal. His Excellency, Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), flanked by a group of stakeholders and partners, participated in the opening of the Expo 2020’s towering entry Portal to the Sustainability district. The opening of the gates was accompanied by the playing of the Expo theme song ‘This is our time’ before the distinguished group of ......read more

    Germany Lifts Travel Restrictions for GCC Travellers

    The German National Tourist Office welcomes the decision of the German Federal Government to allow travel to Germany from Bahrain and the UAE, regardless of vaccination status  Based on a recommendation of the Council of the European Union, Germany has implemented and updated its entry restrictions Dubai, UAE – October 13, 2021:  The German Federal Government has included Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to the German safe list, reducing COVID-19 implemented restrictions for travellers. The news follows the previous inclusions of Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia to the list.   The reduction in restrictions applies to all travellers twelve years and above regardless of individual vaccination status, with visitors now able to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of ......read more

    Etihad Raises US$1.2 Billion in First Sustainability-Linked ESG Loan in Global Aviation

    • Landmark finance transaction demonstrates UAE flag carrier’s ongoing commitment to sustainability • First sustainability-linked loan regionally to include environmental, social and governance metrics • Loan terms tied to targets to reduce CO2 emissions, increase corporate governance and promote female participation   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 13, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has raised US$1.2 billion in the first sustainability-linked loan (SLL) tied to environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets in global aviation.   The transaction is the largest sustainable financing in the airline’s history and follows two innovative aviation financing deals – a first-of-a-kind sustainability-linked ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Advice For Half-Term Break

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 13, 2021:  Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi International Airport are ready to welcome a large volume of passengers over the half-term break.   The airline has provided travel tips to make the journey as convenient and smooth as possible.   1. Check the destination requirements. With travel restrictions changing frequently, Etihad recommends visiting etihad.com/destinationguide to check the latest updates before the journey begins.   2. Verified to Fly? Visit ‘Manage my booking’ on etihad.com to share covid-related travel documents. Approval will be shared by email giving passengers confidence that all required documents are in place, and allowing fast-track airport check-in at the ‘Verified to Fly’ desks.   3. Check-in ......read more

    Emirates Mars Mission Unveils New Insights into Turbulent Martian Atmosphere

    New Observations Show Unexpected Behaviours in Mars’ Atmosphere as EMM Data Shared with Global Community Dubai-UAE: 9 October 2021:   The Emirates Mars Mission, the first interplanetary exploration undertaken by an Arab nation, today released unique new images of Mars that challenge our existing conception of how the planet’s atmospheric gases behave and interact. Taken by the Mars Hope probe’s EMUS instrument, the observations show dramatic variations in the concentrations of both atomic oxygen and carbon monoxide in the dayside atmosphere of Mars. “These observations contain features that were completely unexpected and we believe will have far-reaching consequences for our existing models of the Martian atmosphere and our understanding of its behaviour. We simply hadn’t anticipated ......read more

    Discover from a different perspective with a Boat Rental in Dubai

    Discover boat rentals in Dubai this winter  When we think about Dubai, many of us will associate the emirate with skyscrapers, 6-star hotels, and fantastic shopping. What often goes overlooked is that the entire city is stretched along the coast. A Boat Rental in Dubai is beginning to pick up in popularity due to how easy and accessible it is to rent a boat. As we can guess, Dubai is full of boat owners, which makes finding one to rent on a day-to-day basis extremely easy. Click&Boat, the leading boat rental platform, has everything from luxury yachts to rustic sailboats, and it offers a new perspective when visiting Dubai. It should be noted that whilst boats can be rented for an entire week vacation, they can also be rented for just a few hours - with or without a captain and crew. Sometimes we can get caught up in the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates UAE Civil Aviation Day

      Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 05, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of UAE, is marking UAE Civil Aviation Day with a video featuring its young and talented Emirati workforce to support the UAE’s efforts to elevate awareness of the aviation sector. The video consists of various professions in Etihad Aviation Group including pilots, doctors and engineers.  Today, 89 years ago, a pioneering journey began when the first aircraft carried passengers to the UAE, landing in Sharjah with four passengers on board. Since then, the UAE has commemorated Civil Aviation Day annually on the 5 October.  Commenting on this occasion, Ahmed Al Qubaisi, Senior Vice President Government International Communications, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad Airways was established in 2003 ......read more

    Quote of H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, Chairman, MBRSC

    October 06, 2021:  We are proud of the announcement of the UAE’s new space mission, which will make us the first Arab country and the fourth country in the world to send a space mission to Venus and an asteroid belt. This mission, with its unprecedented scientific goals, will enhance the UAE's contribution to the scientific progress of humanity. The announcement also coincides with our upcoming celebration of the golden jubilee of the founding of the UAE, confirming our consistent approach to contribute to humankind under the vision of our wise leadership. The words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during the announcement reflects the ambition of the UAE and its people, which does not stop at any limit. The UAE has always aimed ......read more

    EY20 Sustainable Flight by Etihad Airways Now on Sale

    • Etihad’s EY20 Sustainable Flight to operate on 23 October 2021 from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 05, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is inviting travellers to book its EY20 Sustainable Flight departing 23 October from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi, to celebrate the latest anniversary of the Etihad Greenliner Programme.   The Etihad Greenliner Programme – now two years old following its inception in 2019 – uses Etihad’s Boeing 787 fleet as a test bed for sustainability improvements in partnership with organisations across the aviation industry. Back in October 2019, Etihad and Boeing signed a landmark agreement, pledging to work collaboratively on sustainable aviation solutions in both the R&D domain and ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Host Global Cabin Crew Recruitment Drive as the Airline Recovers From Pandemic

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – October 04, 2021:    Etihad Airways, the award-winning national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is hosting a major recruitment drive, seeking up to 1000 individuals with outstanding hospitality experience to join the airline’s World Leading Cabin Crew. The international recruitment days will take place in 10 different cities across the UAE, Middle East and Europe, including Egypt, Lebanon, Russia, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.  Applicants interested in attending the recruitment days and joining the airline’s award-winning team of cabin crew should register in advance by visiting etihad.com/cabincrewrecruitment. Employees laid off due to the pandemic are welcome to apply through the airline’s alumni programme, which is currently advertising the ......read more

    Governments' Response to Delta Variant Slams August Domestic Traffic Demand

    2 October 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the recovery in air travel decelerated in August compared to July, as government actions in response to concerns over the COVID-19 Delta variant cut deeply into domestic travel demand.  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to August 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Total demand for air travel in August 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 56.0% compared to August 2019. This marked a slowdown from July, when demand was 53.0% below July 2019 levels.   • This was entirely driven by domestic markets, which were down 32.2% compared to August 2019, ......read more

    Etihad Launches Flights to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Zanzibar

    • Launch sale with return fares from AED 995 in Economy and AED 3995 in Business to celebrate Etihad’s new destinations   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 30, 2021:  Etihad Airways today announced three new quarantine-free destinations for the coming winter season. This November, the airline will begin flying to Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa, and the beautiful Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. The new additions to Etihad’s network mean the UAE’s national carrier will be operating to 70 destinations across 47 countries.   Etihad Airways has launched a sale on fares to Johannesburg, Cape Town and Zanzibar, valid until midnight on 6 October 2021. Available on a first come, first served basis, guests can enjoy return fares starting from AED 995 in Economy and AED ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo and ECS Group Celebrate One Year of Serving Lyon

    Since its first flight on 17SEP20, the leading international cargo airline, together with ECS Group, the world’s largest integrated GSSA, has flown more than 5 million kilos out of Lyon, France Doha,  Qatar – September 29, 2021:  From zero to 211 flights in just 12 months: Qatar Airways Cargo, the world’s leading cargo airline, and ECS Group, the world’s largest integrated GSSA, celebrate their first year of air cargo services out of Lyon (LYS), France. Initially planned as a new Qatar Airways passenger service destination for the summer of 2020, prior to the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lyon was instead subsequently set up from scratch and in record time as a highly successful cargo gateway. Four times a week, a flexible mix of passenger-to-cargo conversions (B777-300, A350-900, B787-9, ......read more

    Air Cargo Up 7.7% in August Versus Pre-COVID Levels; Capacity Lagging Demand

    29, September 2021: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released August 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that demand continued its strong growth trend but pressure on capacity is rising.    As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons below are to August 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 7.7% compared to August 2019 (8.6% for international operations). Overall growth remains strong compared to the long-term average growth trend of around 4.7%. • The pace of growth slowed slightly compared to July, which saw demand increase 8.8% (against pre-COVID-19 levels). • Cargo capacity ......read more

    Top 7 Holiday Destinations to Visit in Dubai

    Our big blue planet encompasses pristine beaches, historic monuments, forests, and countless treasures. You can even explore eye-glittering places like waterfalls, mysterious islands, and museums. We understand that you want to add all of them to your bucket list. It is challenging to plan and segregate the places to travel with your life partner, friends, and family members. Due to the global pandemic, Coronavirus, the government had imposed travel restrictions to some extent. Now the time has changed. Everything is new normal. If you are a travel freak and willing to explore new places in Dubai as a refreshment, we are here to help you out. When planning such long trips, you may need to be aware of the places before you visit and know the famous restaurants, malls, flight booking, etc. It's not everyone's cup of tea to ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2021 Collaborate with Global Aerospace Entities to Support Startups

     VISTA pitch competitions will be held in partnership with government and industry stakeholders including Etihad Airways, MBRSC, AWS and Boeing Applied Innovation  Startups will be offered a chance to pitch solutions that support the host partners’ initiatives in a bid to compete for exclusive prizes   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 27, September 2021: Dubai Airshow 2021 is set to host pitch competitions in partnership with major local and global aerospace entities, including Etihad Airways, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Boeing Applied Innovation. The partnerships aim to provide disruptive startups with an opportunity to showcase their innovative technologies and creative ideas, in support of initiatives launched by the aerospace ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adds More Flights to Seychelles

    • Five weekly flights from October with extra services over school holidays • Etihad Airways launches sale to Seychelles from AED 1,795 return   Abu Dhabi, UAE – September 26, 2021:  Etihad Airways will be operating more flights to Seychelles from October to provide leisure holidaymakers and families with convenient travel options to the tropical paradise.   The national airline of the UAE will upgrade its Seychelles service from four to five weekly flights from 7 October, as well as operate seven additional services between 15 and 24 October to coincide with the half-term holidays. These additional flights have been scheduled to provide families with younger children with more travel options during the school break.   Martin Drew, Etihad’s Senior Vice President Sales and ......read more

    Finnair and Turkish Airlines Launch Code Shares, enabling more Choice for Travellers

    Finnair and Turkish Airlines today announced a codeshare agreement that brings more choice to the airline’s customers. Starting September 29, the Finnair AY code will be added to Turkish Airlines route between Helsinki and Istanbul, and from Istanbul to Athens, Sofia, Thessaloniki, Amman, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Luxor, Antalya and Gazipasa.  Respectively, the Turkish Airlines TK code will be added to the following routes from Finnair’s Helsinki hub: Kuopio, Vaasa, Oulu, Rovaniemi, Reykjavik, Tallinn, Tartu, Riga, Vilnius, Antalya and Gazipasa.  “We are happy to be able to offer more options to our customers, as travel now starts to recover and our customers are again able to fulfil their travel dreams”, says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer, Finnair. “We also welcome Turkish ......read more

    Airbus to Deliver U.S.- Completed Commercial Aircraft with Sustainable Aviation Fuel

    Sept. 23, 2021 – Airbus will start delivering all aircraft from its U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile, Alabama with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) on board later this year. The initiative is a further step toward fulfilling Airbus’ commitment to carbon-neutral growth in the aviation sector. Airbus has reached an agreement with Signature Flight Support to supply SAF to its Mobile facility. No later than November 2021, all aircraft delivered to customers will be powered by a blend of SAF and conventional jet fuel. Signature Flight Support is working in partnership with World Energy to provide the U.S.-sourced SAF to Airbus. “Delivering our Mobile-produced aircraft with SAF is an important, iterative step toward solving the carbon challenge,” said Jeff Knittel, Chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas, Inc. ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Exponential Abu Dhabi – With Complimentary Expo 2020 Tickets for All Guests

    • From Abu Dhabi to Expo 2020 Dubai in less than an hour • Abu Dhabi welcomes fully vaccinated travellers without quarantine   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 23, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is giving all of its guests travelling into or via Abu Dhabi a complimentary ticket to Expo 2020 Dubai, the biggest cultural gathering in the world. The spectacular event, taking place between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022, will welcome the world to the UAE. Visitors can enjoy a visit to Expo and also explore the incredible tourist attractions Abu Dhabi and the rest of the country has to offer. The special promotion under the “Exponential Abu Dhabi” campaign starts today and will run until 31 March 2022.   Expo 2020 is just a 45-minute drive from Abu ......read more

    Touristic Enterprises Company Reveals its New Strategy to Usher in the New Golden Age of Tourism in Kuwait

    Announces redevelopment plans for 11 projects following the approval of a 250 million KWD capital increase from the Kuwait Investment Authority Kuwait- 22 September 2021: Today, the Chief Executive Officer of the Touristic Enterprises Company, Mr. Abdulwahab Ahmed Al-Marzouq and members of the leadership team revealed the company’s new strategy to become a world-class provider of leisure and entertainment experiences in Kuwait. Speaking at the press conference at Kuwait Towers, Mr. Al-Marzouq outlined the company’s path forward to revive the golden era of tourism in Kuwait and become one of the leading developers and operators of family entertainment experiences in the region. This is the most ambitious transformation in the company’s 40+ year history, which laid out concrete plans for the redevelopment of 11 ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Talabat Team Up To Explore a Range of Exciting New Initiatives

    • Region’s leading food delivery platform talabat joins the Etihad Guest ‘Miles on the Go’ loyalty programme • The MoU was signed in Abu Dhabi, by Etihad Aviation Group CEO Tony Douglas, and talabat CEO, Tomaso Rodriguez   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – September 21, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and talabat, the region's leading food delivery and q-commerce platform, have signed a region-wide Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement will see the two organisations collaborate on a range of initiatives that will benefit both Etihad Airways and talabat customers and employees.   The MoU, signed today at Etihad Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, by Etihad Aviation Group CEO, Tony Douglas and talabat CEO, Tomaso Rodriguez, heralds the start of ......read more

    Etihad Guest Members to Boost Their Miles With a New Programme Feature, Enabled by Points International

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - September 20, 2021:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of the UAE’s national airline, Etihad Airways, has launched a new programme feature, MilesBooster, powered by global leader in loyalty commerce, Points (NASDAQ: PCOM) (TSX:PTS). MilesBooster lets members multiply miles they have earned from almost any activity - from previous flights or even non-travel related expenditures such as credit card transactions and everyday purchases. Members have the option to double or triple miles earned in the past 12 months when they pay a special mileage rate. Those who take advantage of this new benefit can boost up to 150,000 miles a year depending on their tier status. Kim Hardaker, Head of Loyalty & Partnerships, Etihad Airways, said: “Thanks to this innovative new ......read more

    Philippine ePassport Renewal Centre Launched in Kuwait City

    • Managed and operated by VFS Global, the newly launched centre has started to accept passport renewal requests from Sunday to Thursday between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM   September 20, 2021:  The Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs and VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, has signed a contract for the establishment of the first Philippine ePassport Renewal Centre in the State of Kuwait.   The centre has started to accept passport renewal requests on appointment basis from Sunday to Thursday between 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM   This is the first time The Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs has outsourced its passport renewal process in the State of Kuwait. Prior ......read more

    Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone Hops into Global Village

    Global Village is set to bring Children and Families an unforgettable, fun-filled experience when the new Peter RabbitTM Adventure Zone debuts in Season 26 Exciting activities and play areas based on the beloved characters from the popular animated TV series will delight children aged 1-12 years   Dubai, UAE – 16 September 2021:  Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, officially announces that a Peter Rabbit Adventure Zone attraction is making its way to the park for Season 26 from October 26th 2021.    Capturing and inspiring the imagination of children is something that is very important to Global Village. From the now renowned Kids Theatre to the many edutainment attractions and the Kids area ......read more

    Etihad Stuns Visitors to Mall of the Emirates With 50% Flight Discounts

    • Book flights at Etihad’s stand and receive 50% discount on all classes   • A chance to win two Business class flights for five lucky winners  • Transfer SHARE points to Etihad Guest Miles and earn 50% bonus miles  • Become an Etihad Guest Member and earn 1,000 welcome bonus miles    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: From 16 to 23 September, Etihad Airways will host a pop-up stand at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, showcasing the award-winning Etihad experience, and offering incredible discounts.   Located in the lower ground floor of Mall of the Emirates, Etihad’s stand is giving customers an exclusive taste of what to expect when flying with Etihad. The stand is open daily from 10am to 10pm on weekdays and until midnight on weekends ......read more

    VFS Global Extends Exclusive Visa and Passport Services to Members and Employees of the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    • Memorandum of Understanding signed on 07 September 2021 • Visa and Passport services extended to the Chambers’ members and employees at its headquarters located in Najran city.   September 13, 2021:  VFS Global has announced that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the city of Najran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to provide end-to-end visa and passport services. Moving forward, the Chamber’s members and employees will benefit from the availability of these services on its premises, providing ease, convenience and ensuring they do not have to visit a Visa Application Centre.   Mr. Mohaimeed Saleh Al Salem, Chairman of the Najran Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Mr. Sumanth Kapoor, Regional Head – KSA, ......read more

    Etihad Enhances Verified to Fly Service to Make Travel Easier

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has upgraded its innovative Verified to Fly service to offer a more streamlined and personalised service through its website, etihad.com.  This upgrade makes the process quicker and easier for Etihad’s guests to ensure they have all the required COVID-related documents before leaving for the airport. Seven days ahead of travel, all guests will receive a personalised email informing them of the documents required for their destination. These travel documents can now be uploaded directly to the ‘Manage my Booking’ page of etihad.com, up to 72 hours before departure. The new website functionality replaces the email upload system which was launched by the airline in May 2021. The new upload process guides travellers through the process of ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi's Inaugural Flight to Bahrain Takes Off

    - The airline’s first GCC flight commences as Abu Dhabi opens up for vaccinated travellers indicating a positive outlook for travel sector - Route to Bahrain is one of a number of destinations the low fare airline is operating from Abu Dhabi providing affordable travel option for passengers   11, September 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s inaugural flight to Manama, Bahrain commenced today departing from Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and arriving in Bahrain International Airport (BAH). The new route will strengthen connectivity within the GCC by providing an alternative and ultra-low fare travel option for passengers between the two Gulf countries.   The first flight to Bahrain closely follows the recent announcement made by the Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee ......read more

    SITA Takes Decisive Steps to Reduce Carbon Emissions to Become a Certified Carbonneutral® Company

    The achievement is a year ahead of the organization’s original target     UAE -  09, September 2021:  Today, SITA, the world’s leading IT provider for the air transport industry, announced it has achieved CarbonNeutral® company certification. This major milestone – realized a full year ahead of SITA’s original target of 2022 – resulted from decisive actions to significantly reduce emissions associated with its business operations in 2020.  SITA has reduced its overall emissions of greenhouse gases by 48% between 2019 and 2020. SITA’s UN recognized carbon neutrality Planet+ program has been key to lowering the company’s emissions with initiatives designed to create sustainable and energy-efficient workplaces and reduce internal business ......read more

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    In conjunction with World Tourism Day September 26, 2021: The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) reaffirms its commitment to empowering professionals in the tourism sector by launching the Hadaf Initiative, which offers rewards and incentives to SCTDA-licensed tour guides. This initiative, which is part of SCTDA’s plan to support national talent interested in establishing a career in Sharjah’s tourism sector, also opens more opportunities for those interested in obtaining a tourist guide license in the emirate. The Hadaf initiative is being launched in ......read more

    Aerospace Leaders to Outline Future Roadmap of Industry at Dubai Airshow 2021 Conferences

    - Brand new stage ‘Tech Xplore’ to show how technology is transforming the industry - Global airline leaders collaborate to boost aviation sustainability -Two integral conferences covering challenges and trends within the air traffic and cargo sectors during the pandemic   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 07, September 2021: This November, Dubai Airshow takes thought-leadership to new heights as it introduces 9 tracks packed with sessions covering the full spectrum of aviation, technology, and space. The conferences will cover an array of themes, including the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Fly the UAE Paralympic Champions Home

     Etihad is the official carrier of the UAE Paralympic team   Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, carried the UAE’s Paralympic champions from Japan following their success at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The UAE Team brought home gold and bronze medals for competing in the Athletics, Powerlifting, Cycling and Shooting. Etihad flight, EY 0871, departed Narita Airport at 9pm local time on Sunday 5 September, the airline carried the victorious UAE para-athletes, coaches, medical and media crew. Etihad’s ......read more

    MBRSC Announces Completion of Thermal Vaccum Test for Rashid Rover

    Dubai, UAE - 07 September 2021: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) today announced that the ELM team has completed the thermal vaccum test for the Rashid rover at CNES in Toulouse, France. During this phase, all subsystems in the rover were tested in varied extreme temperatures.  MBRSC had recently announced its partnership with the French space agency to develop the two optical cameras on board the Rashid rover along with the detector for the microscope imager instrument (CAM-M). The Centre also stated that more partnerships will be announced in due course and will be ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Opens Up for Vaccinated Travelleres

     Abu Dhabi your gateway to the UAE, explore the UAE’s capital with Wizz Air Abu Dhabi   05 September 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the newest national airline of the UAE, is all set to continue enabling exciting travel opportunities from 05 September for international travellers looking to explore the UAE capital without having to quarantine.     The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has approved removing the need to quarantine for all vaccinated travellers arriving into Abu Dhabi from all international destinations, ......read more

    flydubai Passengers to Enjoy a Complimentary 1-Day Ticket to Expo 2020 Dubai

    The Dubai-based carrier offers a complimentary 1-Day Ticket to passengers as the UAE gets ready to welcome visitors to Expo 2020 from 01 October 2021 Thursday, September 2, 2021:   flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, announced today that passengers booking a flydubai flight to Dubai will enjoy a complimentary 1-Day Ticket to visit Expo 2020 Dubai, taking place from 01 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. The initiative is valid for all bookings made from 01 September for travel during the event dates. The initiative is offered to every passenger travelling on a flydubai ......read more

    July Passenger Traffic Boost, but Well Below Pre-COVID Levels

    02, September 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that both international and domestic travel demand showed significant momentum in July 2021 compared to June, but demand remained far below pre-pandemic levels. Extensive government-imposed travel restrictions continue to delay recovery in international markets.    Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to July 2019, which followed a normal demand pattern.   • ......read more

    KhalifaSat from Space of EXPO 2020

    One month to go for the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai. This photo, taken by KhalifaSat from space, shows the site of the global cultural event that will bring together 191 countries in the UAE. ...read more

    Etihad and Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination Mark Emirati Women's Day With Chocolate Factory Launch

    • A new project with the Emirati Red Crescent to empower underprivileged women   Abu Dhabi, UAE – August 26, 2021:  Etihad is celebrating Emirati Women's Day with a series of events to highlight this year's theme, "Women: Ambitions & Inspiration for the Next 50 Years," in line with the UAE’s 50th anniversary year.   The airline announced a new collaboration with Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination to establish a chocolate factory for people of determination. Women from ZHO will be trained by Etihad’s ......read more

    Delta Air Lines Orders 30 Additional Airbus A321neo Aircraft'

    August 26, 2021:   Delta Air Lines has ordered 30 additional Airbus A321neo aircraft to help meet the airline’s future fleet requirements. The newly-ordered aircraft are in addition to the airline’s existing orders for 125 of the type, bringing the outstanding orders from Delta to a total of 155 A321neos. “Adding these aircraft strengthens Delta’s commitment to replacing older fleets with more sustainable, efficient jets, and offering the best customer experience in the industry,” said Mahendra Nair, Delta’s Senior Vice President – ......read more

    Etihad Transports Manchester City Player Statues From Across the World to Manchester

    • Statues transported to the Etihad Stadium ahead of their installation later this week • Large scale creations of club legends Vincent Kompany and David Silva were designed and built by award-winning sculptor Andy Scott  • Entire design and build process has been conducted remotely at Andy Scott’s studio in Philadelphia, USA • Carefully separated and packaged up, the statues were flown from Chicago to Frankfurt by Etihad Cargo and from then on by road to Manchester  • Etihad’s expertise in cargo transport and logistics key to ......read more

    Delta Air Lines Orders 30 Additional Airbus A321neo Aircraft

    August 25, 2021:   Delta Air Lines has ordered 30 additional Airbus A321neo aircraft to help meet the airline’s future fleet requirements. The newly-ordered aircraft are in addition to the airline’s existing orders for 125 of the type, bringing the outstanding orders from Delta to a total of 155 A321neos. “Adding these aircraft strengthens Delta’s commitment to replacing older fleets with more sustainable, efficient jets, and offering the best customer experience in the industry,” said Mahendra Nair, Delta’s Senior Vice President – ......read more

    IATA Welcomes Latest Developments by Government of Saudi Arabia to Restore International Connectivity

    25 August 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the commitment of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to further reopen borders and resume international air connectivity. Saudi Arabia has taken measures to ease travel restrictions to the Kingdom and enhance passenger facilitation with the necessary health protocols to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, by:   • Opening up the Kingdom for tourists  • Removing quarantine for vaccinated travelers  • Expanding the facilitation of religious traffic to the holy cities • ......read more

    Team UAE Fly for Gold With Etihad

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – August 23, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, hosted 32 members of the UAE Paralympic Committee on their journey to the 2020 Paralympic Games taking place in Tokyo, Japan.  The Olympic Games reached a spectacular finale on 8 August, and the excitement continues as the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games open on 24 August. The biggest para sports event in the world returns to Japan 57 years after Tokyo 1964, with 1,400 athletes from 122 countries competing for 14 gold medals. Among the field, 12 athletes will represent the ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Announces UAE Golden Visas for Humanitarian Workers

     In the year of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee its foreign aid amounted to 320 billion dirhams in 201 countries   Dubai-UAE. 18 August 2021:    His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, today announced that the UAE would offer Golden Visas to charity and humanitarian aid workers in recognition of their efforts and sacrifices. The announcement made by Sheikh Mohammed to provide long-term residence visas to humanitarian workers was made on World Humanitarian Day, ......read more

    Travel Recovery begins toTake Off

    - “Fear of Missing Out” and a “catch up” in business travel and bookings leads to short-term increase in business travel - Summer travel surge expected to continue for the rest of the year - Last minute vacations are driving leisure travel to a fast recovery - Travelers broadly comfortable with COVID Passports   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, August 18, 2021:  Almost 70% of global consumers plan to travel domestically within the next six months, yet less than 10% have booked their trips according to a new survey from consulting firm Oliver ......read more

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